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Dafen Oil Painting Village

Buji Neighborhood Committee, Longang District, Shenzhen 518112, China
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As featured in Daytrips from Shenzhen
Ranked #22 of 349 attractions in Shenzhen
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: One of the most popular and enjoyable daytrips from Shenzhen, this village is almost entirely dedicated to painting. Get a self-portrait done or... more » Owner description: One of the most popular and enjoyable daytrips from Shenzhen, this village is almost entirely dedicated to painting. Get a self-portrait done or request a freshly-painted Van Gogh or Rembrandt. « less
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Hong Kong
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

We caught a cab from Shenzhen and had a couple of pieces painted. It is really worth while shopping around and remember to bargain hard. I would suggest not purchasing over the internet as the price changes with every email and language is difficult remotely. I tried this and was horribly disappointed.

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Singapore, Singapore
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7 reviews 7 reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Such a fun afternoon! Wonderful artists painting before your eyes, getting lost amongst the maze of little alleyways when you want to find that wonderful piece you saw an hour ago, making friends with original artists (yes, you can find stunning original contemporary art), and having it all rolled up so you can bring it home on the plane. I... More

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Tang Xia China
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

I have been to Dafen several times and its a great way to spend a morning or afternoon. Some of the paintings are just direct copies of masterpieces and some are original pieces of work. If you like ART, you should love this place.

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Shenzhen, China
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

We spent a beautiful day in this Artistic Village. We were looking for a store where you can make customized frames and surfing the internet we found this place. After nearly four years that we live in Shenzhen we had never heard of this place .... beautiful pictures and great artists of all the genders and styles. We will be... More

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Nanchang, China
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59 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

I liked visiting Dafen Oil Painting Village. It was an easy ride on the metro system to arrive and very enjoyable to wander the little lanes of this gated oil painting community. When we visited it was raining (as it has done every time we visit Shenzhen) but it was still enjoyable. I imagine it would be different again in... More

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Kuantan, Malaysia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

We decide to pay a visit to this village after seeing the ranking in tripadvisor. A good place to spend half a day. We bought an oil painting and regret buying too few. Should have buy more because its really cheap.

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Huidong County, China
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13 reviews 13 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

Seeing all of the painters was absolutely fascinating! Go down the alleyways, rather than staying on the main roads.

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Hong Kong
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44 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

I learn painting in my spare time. This interesting place is our paradise to buy painting materials. It definitely cheaper than in Hong Kong. However, Dafen is actually famous for its mass production of imitations of famous painting. You can see the art workers doing their copying job just outside or inside lots of small shop. Every worker is so... More

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Brisbane
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

I go here every 6 months and i am never bored by the ever changing variety of art work available. If you are looking to sample the arts of china this is an easy place to start- be prepared to bargin.

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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Initially cynical about the masses of imitations of well-known paintings, I was soon wowed by the sheer energy and exuberance of this little suburb (not really a village). We had a great time walking around, taking photographs, "discovering" artists and eventually buying some stuff for our walls. There are some food options (dumplings!) as well as a crammed little bookshop... More

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